Letters From OC Weekly Readers

‘Attorneys and Reporters, Like Gangsters, Are a Waste of Human Flesh’

As a mother, I feel for Yvonne Elizondo [Daffodil J. Altan’s “Ganged Up,” Aug. 14]. It certainly appears that because she stood up for what she believed in, she has been specifically targeted by the Orange Police Department. Now they are fingerprinting and photographing individuals “suspected” of having gang affiliations. What’s next? Forcing people to wear badges or numbers (flashback to Nazi Germany). I am praying for Ms. Elizondo and her family, and I commend her for her fortitude standing up against an obviously prejudicial and out-of-control system.

Debbie Stoelting, Santa Ana, via ocweekly.com


What a sob story. “Forced to sit on the curb in the sun,” really? Looks like their comfort-level rights were violated. Apparently, if a local political hack has picked you up to “support” (i.e., rein in more votes from that particular section of society), that makes your “cause” legit. News flash: You dropped off a documented gang member, so you’ll probably be questioned. Yvonne Elizondo fears for her kids’ safety? Not from the gangs, but from the brutal interrogation of the cops. Riiiiiight. And as for the brilliant Nazi-comparison comment above, gimme a friggin’ break! It’s nice to know that the memory of Hitler and the true evil he led will now be likened to unfitting blogosphere scenarios in the modern age. Godwin’s Law is alive and well.

Anonymous, Orange, via ocweekly.com


Wow, it’s really something when people who never had this type of encounter with police comment about it. Why don’t you wait until you have been stopped for no reason, or handcuffed and put in the back of a squad car just because the so-called “law enforcement” officers don’t have anything else to do but harass you and hear them talk about “there has to be something; keep looking.” Then you can talk about this type of abuse. Until then, go back to your KKK meetings, retards.

Anarchy, Cypress, via ocweekly.com


As usual, the media gets it wrong. But what is to be expected, especially from the OC Weakly [sic]. And you have poor Debbie Stoelting believing this dribble. Drag your butt out of your safe little office/house and find the location where poor Elizondo had her picture taken for this article and a couple of others: the mural in the center of Orange Varrio Cypress (OVC). It depicts the founders of the OVC gang. The male in the background is a member of the Mendez family, currently fighting for control of the Mexican Mafia in Orange County. Plus, images of the murderous commie bastard Ernesto “Che” Guevara—Fidel Castro’s right-hand man, the farm worker who turned activist César Chávez—and several depictions of gangsters in the background. Note the license plate on the car, “OVC,” the same tattoo the gangsters wear so proudly—but no, they aren’t involved in gangs. And the Pope ain’t Catholic.

Your writing is inflammatory, uninformed, and out-and-out lies. Attorneys and reporters, like gangsters, are a waste of human flesh.

I.P. Daly, via ocweekly.com

Hey, Edwin. Didn’t you say on a recent post that you went to 25 Degrees [Edwin Goei’s “I CAN HAS HAWT WAITRSEZZ?” Aug. 14] on opening day? I am surprised you would print a review based on going to a restaurant on its opening.

Craig Medici, Newport Beach, via ocweekly.com

Edwin Goei responds: Dude! First of all, I find it encouraging that anyone keeps tabs on what I say! And you’re absolutely right: I did visit them on opening day. Normally, I do give new places a few weeks to ferment and get their act together before reviewing them, but not this time because:

1. On my visit, the service was spot-on, and the food was well-prepared. I didn’t mention the bacon-wrapped dates and spicy-tuna tartare because of space, but both were spectacular. If the food and service were even a little bit wobbly that night, I would have felt obliged to return after a few weeks. But I didn’t need to—it was solid.

2. They are a sort-of chain, using standardized ingredients, so the two items I did have a slight issue with (the bun and the fries), I suspect, would not have changed upon subsequent visits. I also confirmed, after reading previous reviews of and seeing food photos taken at the other 25 Degrees locations, that the fries and buns are identical between locations.

The whole shtick I did about it coming up short on the “bordello” part was done tongue-in-cheek (I hope people got that). I wouldn’t trade the gent who helped us for anybody. I only wish I remembered his name.

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